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Dollarama Grocery Challenge- Budgeting Series Part 2

Hi There!

Welcome to the Dollarama Grocery Budget Challenge!  Where you eat lunch, dinner and dessert or snacks, from foods purchased at the Dollarama!

I thought I would continue from my last post with a few examples to help you get your creative mind in action!

I know for a fact that there are many reasons why planning for a week can be hard, and budget is the Number 1 reason on my list.  I want to be able to make whatever I want, when I want it, but there are too many things that make that an impossibility! So, that makes your grocery budget and its flexibility( or lack there of) incredibly important!

So, I am going to assume that healthy eating is important, and that you have no specific dietary restrictions other than cutting out the crap!

I am also going to assume the you are short on time as well as cash, so getting what you can all in one shop is helpful.  Generally, I wouldn’t advocate that kind of grocery shopping because splitting your shopping to get you the best quality and the best price are very important tips to keep in mind. Plus Dollarama doesn’t carry foods like cow’s milk, eggs or cheese. (But almond and soy milk are available!For $2 a carton!)

But this is just one week, and it’s a game. So there!

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Running out- Budgeting Series

Dollarama Challenge

I am challenging you today!   We are nearing the end of the month, money is tight and you are still hungry!   Not many people think outside the grocery store box when it comes to grocery shopping.  that is usally why people complain about how much food costs!

Here in Canada we are not blessed with many chains to choose from that offer more bites for our dollars.  I envy blog posts for those in the U.S. that can shop for a family of five for a whole month and spend $200!

There are a few chains that have lower prices, but buyer beware: longevity of these foods are not a consideration!!  I also have to warn you that sometimes you can find meat cheap, but it may not be Canadian.  This is an issue for a whole different post that I may never get to.

Any-who, back to the stores* that sell food here in Ottawa (not going over to Quebec):

  • Loblaws
    • Independant
    • Great Canadian Superstore
    • NG cash and carry
    • No Frills
    • T&T (Asian)
  • Metro
    • Food Basics
  • Sobey’s
    • FreshCo(Price Chopper)
  • Produce Depot(which is exclusive to Ottawa)(Produce and meats are cheaper not dairy or shelf stable items)
  • Giant Tiger
  • Whole Foods
  • Costco
  • Dollar Tree
  • Dollarama

 

  • Note that there are major store names with the black bullet point, and other names with a white bullet point, well the white ones are all owned by the name above it with a black bullet point.
  • Those names italicized are the cheapest available.

 

 

Back to my point!  These are all available here but most are expensive enough to make you sweat- a lot if you have to pinch your pennies! Yup, I made the joke, there are no pennies left in Canada!!

So, challenge you to make as many meals as you can from shopping at Dollarama!

Using the free download below, plan your meals for a week using what you have in your pantry and what you can get from the Dollarama.  Try it out!!  Share your haul! Post me a picture of your menu and the items you purchased to my Facebook page!  Let’s keep this conversation going!